Quality, Safety and Information
The Quality, Safety and Information portfolio is responsible for Academics and Learning, Clinical Standards, Patient and Client Experience, Quality and Safety, Clinical Quality Improvement, Population Health, Privacy and Health Information Management, and Digital Health.
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Susan Shaw, has oversight of: Senior Medical Health Officer, Practitioner Staff Affairs, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, shares oversight of Provincial Department Heads with the Dean, College of Medicine, and jointly oversees Provincial Clinical Networks with the Chief Operating Officer.
Michelle Mula - Interim Vice President, Quality, Safety & Chief Information Officer
Michelle Mula is coming from her role as Acting Vice President, Infrastructure, Information and Support, and prior to that, as the executive director of Digital Health for the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Michelle is an accomplished transformation leader with extensive experience in the health sector. Through her experience with the provincial SHA, eHealth Saskatchewan and former Health Authority, she has focused her efforts on supporting innovation in areas of Analytics, Acute Care, Community and Primary Health Care, Public Health, Provincial Services and integrated Electronic Health Records.
As Executive Director of Digital Health, Michele received a national award recognizing her as one of the 2021 Women Leaders in Digital Health. The award celebrates the top female visionaries who are harnessing the power of IT to transform health and health-care in Canada.
In her role as acting Vice President for Infrastructure, Information and Support, Michelle was responsible for a number of provincial services across the Saskatchewan Health Authority including Infrastructure Management, Digital Health, Privacy and Health Information Management, Environmental Services and Food and Nutrition Services.
Dr. Brandy Winquist - Executive Director, Academics & Learning
As Executive Director of Academics & Learning, Dr. Brandy Winquist will provide leadership for the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s academic mandate, research and ethics. Brandy completed her doctorate in Community and Population Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, and now holds an adjunct faculty position within the College of Medicine. She has extensive experience in leading research in the areas of maternal and child health, health services and population health.
As the Director of Decision Support in the former Cypress Health Region, Brandy has cultivated expertise in applied research, medical ethics, analytics and health information systems. Collaborating with the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies, she has led the Saskatchewan component of four multi-province studies investigating prescription medication use during pregnancy. Much of her career has been dedicated to informing, evaluating and improving health service delivery in Saskatchewan. She currently serves as Chairperson for the Ethics Committee in Swift Current and for the Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association.
Brandy has worked closely with health system partners throughout her career, and is committed to continuing and building new relationships in her role as Executive Director of Academics & Learning.
Gaylene Molnar - Executive Director, Clinical Standards & PCN
As the Executive Director of Clinical Standards for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Gaylene Molnar will provide leadership for interprofessional practice, clinical standards development and maintenance, clinical pathway development and appropriateness of care.
Gaylene brings many years of healthcare experience in a variety of settings and comes to this role from the former Saskatoon Health Region where she was the Director of Nursing Practice and Education. She has held various direct care and leadership roles throughout her career including Nurses Aide, Direct Care Nurse, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Instructor, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Program Manager of Geriatric Evaluation and Management Services.
Gaylene holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. As a Registered Nurse, she is licensed with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association, a member of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, holds a Certification in Gerontological Nursing with the Canadian Nurses Association and is lean leader certified.
Gaylene is passionate about providing safe, client centered care through Interdisciplinary collaboration and coordination. She brings a collaborative leadership style to the teams she leads. Gaylene is excited about the opportunity to engage clients and professionals in the development of care standards that will ensure improved health outcomes for the residents of Saskatchewan through excellence in care and service delivery.
Felecia Watson - Executive Director, Patient & Client Experience
Felecia has more than 20 years of experience working in health care. She led the coordination of four Accreditation Canada surveys for three different organizations. She has worked as an Epidemiologist, Research Officer, Provincial Lead for Early Detection and in a variety of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Roles. Felecia developed and implemented a plan for Patient and Family Centred Care in the former Sun Country Health Region and led the formation of their first Patient and Family Advisory Council. Felecia is a certified Lean Leader, LEADS facilitator and holds a Masters degree in Community Health and Epidemiology as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Health Care Administration major.
Felecia has been fortunate to have worked with many Patient and Family Partners as either members of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee or as ad hoc Partners on a variety of improvement events. She looks forward to enhancing partnerships with patients, clients and providers to improve care and services for the people of Saskatchewan.
Angela Muzyka - Interim Executive Director, Quality and Safety
Angela Muzyka is the Interim Executive Director, Quality & Safety for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and is located in Swift Current. She is passionate about continuous improvement and with her most recent experience as the Director Quality & Safety Rural.
Angela has worked in healthcare for over 25 years starting her career in therapy services. She has served as an Accreditation & Patient Safety Coordinator, Quality Improvement Specialist and Director of the Kaizen Promotion Office within the former Cypress Health Region. She is a certified Lean Leader with extensive training in Kaizen coaching and 3P. She has much experience coaching teams on Quality Improvement initiatives from small local improvement projects to the design and flow for capital builds.
Angela is a committed leader with a commitment to quality improvement and safety.
Dr. Gary Groot - Medical Director of Clinical Quality Improvement
Dr. Groot brings years of experience in the Saskatchewan healthcare system together with his academic position, work with the Ministry of Health in Appropriateness of Care and faculty experience with the provincial Clinical Quality Improvement training program (CQIP) to this new role within the SHA.
Dr. Groot is dedicated to the creation of a culture and organizational structure that will result in "the right care, provided by the right providers, to the right patient, in the right place, at the right time, resulting in optimal care."
Dr. Groot is a Professor in the College of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Departments of Community Health and Epidemiology and Surgery. Based out of Saskatoon, Dr. Groot provides general surgical oncology care to patients in Saskatchewan. Gary has served as the Department Head for the former Saskatoon Health Region and is currently the Director of Surgical Oncology and Interim Director of Quality Improvement for the Department of Surgery. He has served as the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's Equity Advisory Committee Chair and on the Quality Committee for the American Head and Neck Society. Gary has been faculty for the provincial CQIP training program that he helped establish from its inception, a program modelled after the highly regarded Intermountain Health mini-advanced training program.
Kathy Braaten - Acting Executive Director, Privacy and Health Information Management Services
Lara Murphy - Interim Executive Director, Population Health
Lara Murphy began her career as an epidemiologist with former Saskatoon Health Region’s Public Health Observatory immediately after receiving her MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. She has played many roles over the years most recently as manager of Population Health surveillance and reporting. In this role Lara has co-lead the development of health network geographies, health network profiles and the alignment and standardization of public health surveillance, monitoring and reporting across the province.
Lara is passionate about the work of population health and has spent almost two decades advancing health equity in our health system. She was a part of a team that advanced this work when few people outside of Population and Public Health were aware of these concepts. It has been slow and challenging work, but also incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. Lara is committed to using whatever influence and power she has to improve the health of the population, address the structural and social determinants of health and reduce inequities.
Erica Pederson - Acting Executive Director, Digital Health
Dr. Jenny Basran - Senior Medical Information Officer
Jenny Basran, MD FRCPC is an associate professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She is Royal College certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and has practiced for over 15 years in both acute care and community care.
Dr. Basran’s research interests include incorporating geriatric principles into care across the continuum, computer modeling of the health care system and the use of technology to help older adults age successfully. She has been involved in initiatives for older adults at the local, national and international level and has served several roles on the executive of the Canadian Geriatric Society and as a consultant to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and eHealth Saskatchewan.
Dr. Basran was one of the physician co-leads for Saskatchewan’s initiative to reduce wait times in ER and improve patient flow, which led to the development of the Connected Care Strategy. Through this work, she introduced and demonstrated dynamic computer modelling as a tool for evidence-based, data driven health system decision making; led the development of Alternate Level of Care data collection and utilization; and was a key driver for the introduction of interprofessional care teams. Dr. Basran is currently co-leading the implementation of the community based component of the Connected Care Strategy with the development of the Community Health Center at Market Mall.
Dr. Vern Behl - Senior Medical Information Officer
Vern Behl MD, CCFP-EM, completed his medical degree followed by a residency in Family Medicine and a Fellowship in Emergency Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently practices as an Emergency Physician and Transport Physician in Saskatoon. Dr. Behl is actively involved in medical student and resident teaching, as well as air medical crew education with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), Saskatoon Base.
Dr. Behl has served in multiple leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the Physician Lead – Clinical Informatics (Saskatoon Area). In this role he supported the development of physician electronic documentation, spearheaded the implementation of voice dictation, was involved in the creation of a clinical lead framework for engaging physicians and consulted on other improvements within the SCM electronic health record.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Susan Shaw - Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Susan Shaw balances a rewarding career in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology with clinical and system improvement work at the local, regional and provincial level in Saskatchewan. She has been a successful department head, a physician leader with the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative and co-lead of the former Saskatoon Health Region's Safer Every Day Breakthrough Initiative. Prior to joining the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Dr. Shaw worked with the Saskatchewan Medical Association as Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership.
Dr. Shaw is currently board chair for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and is looked to as a leader in patient-centred care, physician leadership, continuous improvement and large scale change.
Senior Medical Health Officer
Dr. Phillip Fourie - Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Phillip Fourie comes to his new role from Yorkton, where he has been a practicing family physician since 1999. Since 2013, Dr. Fourie worked as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Senior Medical Officer for the former Sunrise Health Region.
Dr. Fourie’s education includes a Medical Degree and Diploma in Anesthesia, as well as leadership training through the Physician Leadership Institute. His commitment to patient and family centred care is demonstrated through his passion for safe and high quality services. He has furthered his education in health system quality improvement at Inter-Mountain Health Care (mini-Advanced Training Program) and is a Certified Lean Leader. He is a champion of change and a coach and faculty member of the Saskatchewan Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) for physicians.
He has served in several local and provincial physician leadership roles including as President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association (2011). Dr. Fourie is dedicated to collaboratively improving the Saskatchewan Health Care System, to provide high quality patient centred care.
Dr. John Froh - Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Dr. John Froh is an emergency, trauma and transport physician who practices in Saskatoon where he lives with his family.
Dr. Froh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Regina, as well as a Medical Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his residency in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been a leader in EMS, ER and critical care transport (STARS). He has special clinical interests in resuscitation, simulation and disaster medicine.
Dr. Froh thinks that physician leadership within the SHA is crucial to its success and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute.
Steve Chard - Executive Director, Practitioner Staff Affairs
Steve Chard is the Executive Director of Practitioner Staff Affairs for the Saskatchewan Health Authority supporting physician leadership across the province.
Steve brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare including clinical experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in adult, neonatal and pediatric acute tertiary care as well as adult continuing care and rehabilitation settings. He subsequently worked in Risk Management and Patient Safety for the former Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region before taking on his role in Practitioner Staff Affairs where he has gained experience in physician contract negotiation, health human resources management and professional regulation.
Steve has held various provincial and national leadership roles through his work as registrar of the Saskatchewan College of Respiratory Therapists including work on multiple iterations of the national entry to practice framework for Respiratory Therapy and work on the former national Committee on the Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Education in Canada.
Steve holds a diploma in Respiratory Therapy, and a Master Degree in Health Administration from the Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy at University of Regina. He is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists and a site surveyor with Accreditation Canada. Steve is committed to working collaboratively with physicians and operational leaders to improve the quality of care to the people of Saskatchewan.
Area Chiefs of Staff
Dr. Dorothy Thomas - Area Chief of Staff, Regina
Dr. Dorothy Thomas is the Area Chief of Staff for Regina. She completed medical school at Dalhousie University, her internal medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan and her nephrology fellowship at Queen’s University. She returned to Regina to practice nephrology and serve the residents of Southern Saskatchewan. She currently lives within the traditional Treaty 4 territory of the First Nations and Métis people.
She began her physician leadership career with the Saskatchewan Health Authority in 2020 as the Pandemic Physician Leader for Regina. In this role, she navigated our initial response to the uncharted public health emergency together with the diverse team of nursing and operational leaders.
As Area Chief of Staff, her main goal is to deliver patient-focused, compassionate care in a culturally safe environment. She promotes the work of the local physician leadership in developing quality care and continuous improvement initiatives. She values collaborating with provincial stakeholders to improve patient outcomes across the province.
Dr. Grant Stoneham - Area Chief of Staff, Saskatoon
Dr. Grant Stoneham is an Interventional Radiologist who practices at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. He has been practicing Radiology in Saskatoon for the past 22 years and has been the Associate Dean for Saskatoon Programs since 2010.
Dr. Stoneham holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a Medical Degree from the University of Calgary. He completed his rotating internship at the Rockyview General and Holy Cross Hospitals in Calgary, his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a fellowship in Angiography and Interventional Radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
He is actively involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Jordan Wingate - Area Chief of Staff, Northeast
Dr. Jordan Wingate is a rural family physician originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996, he completed his residency in Family Medicine through the University of Saskatchewan’s rural residency training program. Dr. Wingate has worked in Melfort, Saskatchewan since 1998 where he practices medicine, emergency, obstetrics and hospital care.
Dr. Wingate served as the Senior Medical and Vice President of Medical Services, former Kelsey Trail Health Region, since 2012. Prior to that, he held a variety of leadership roles in the region such as President of the Melfort Medical Advisory Committee and Regional Medical Advisor. He is also a clinical professor for the University of Saskatchewan and site coordinator for the Department of Family Medicine.
Dr. Wingate promotes sustainability of medical care in rural Saskatchewan. He advocates on behalf of rural physicians providing comprehensive care in a rural setting. He believes in and supports that sustaining rural medicine requires a healthy relationship with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine Residency Training Program.
Dr. Lyle Williams - Area Chief of Staff, Northwest
Dr. Williams comes to his role from Unity, Saskatchewan where he has been a practicing family physician for the last ten years. He also has served as the Senior Medical Officer since 2014 and prior to that as the Deputy Senior Medical Officer, former Heartland Health Region. Dr. Williams has worked towards improving the rural standards of care and implementation of patient and family centred care in the rural setting. He has also served on the Saskatchewan Medical Association Representative Assembly for the former Heartland Health Region and is a certified Lean Leader.
Dr. Williams is passionate about primary and emergency care in the rural setting and is excited to work towards addressing the challenges in the northwest area through continuous improvement initiatives and a focus on improving the patient experience.
Dr. Ajibola Ogunbiyi - Area Chief of Staff, Southeast
Dr. Ajibola Ogunbiyi comes from former Sunrise Health Region in east central Saskatchewan, where he practices as a consultant psychiatrist. He has served as the President of the Regional Medical Association and Co-Chair of the Regional Health Authority Practitioner Liaison Council.
Dr. Ogunbiyi completed his residency training in psychiatry in Ireland. He obtained his certification in Clinical Psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and he holds a Master’s Degree in Child Health from the University of Dublin, Ireland. He maintains active memberships in several professional organizations, including the Saskatchewan Medical Association, the Saskatchewan Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
As an advocate of patient-centred care, Dr. Ogunbiyi is committed to physician engagement and health system quality improvement. He looks forward to fostering collaborative relationships and integrated healthcare services for Saskatchewan's unique and diverse citizens.
Dr. Hein de Klerk - Area Chief of Staff, Southwest
Dr. Hein de Klerk is a family physician from Swift Current. He is responsible for providing leadership to the practitioner staff, ensuring appropriate practitioner staff review and appointments, supporting and leading quality initiatives, coordinating clinical organization within the southwest area, as well as collaborating with the other area chiefs of staff to conform clinical pathways and processes across Saskatchewan.
Dr. de Klerk has practiced Comprehensive Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine in Swift Current, Saskatchewan for the last 18 years. He served as Director of Family Medicine for former Cypress Health Region Vice President of the Cypress Regional Medical Association, as a member of the Saskatchewan Medical Association Committee on Rural and Regional Practice, and on Quality Care Committees of former Cypress Health Region . He obtained his medical degree at the University of the Free State in South Africa.
Dr. de Klerk is active in his community and shares responsibilities as a team physician, caring for the medical needs of the WHL Swift Current Broncos. He strives to build on the professional relationships he has with his colleagues in the Southwest and forge new strong relationships with healthcare professionals and communities to create a robust, competent, and caring human resource team that always focuses on the care of our patients.
Provincial Department Heads
Dr. Sheldon Wiebe - Provincial Department Head, Medical Imaging
Dr. Sheldon Wiebe is a professor in the Department of Medical Imaging and took over the role of Interim Provincial Head of the Department in January 2018. While in this interim role, he has worked with radiologists and others to create an open and transparent department that is patient-centred and creates clinical and academic value to the system.
Dr. Wiebe completed his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in Saskatchewan. He undertook a Pediatric Radiology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 2002 to 2004, accepted an academic position at the University of Saskatchewan in July 2004, and has been practicing at the Royal University Hospital since. Soon after beginning, he became interested in the imaging research possibilities at the Canadian Light Source and began working with Dr. Dean Chapman and members of the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline community. Through his involvement in this work, he earned an MSc degree in 2012.
Dr. Wiebe has been an active member at the Radiology Society of Saskatchewan (Provincial Radiology). He was previously the Acting Head of the Department (UofS/SHR) from 2006 to 2009, and again in 2010, prior to Dr. Paul Babyn taking the position in December 2010. He was active at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a member of the specialty committee for Pediatric Radiology and was the inaugural chair of the exam board for the RCPSC specialty exam for Pediatric radiology; through that work he was awarded the title of "Founder of Pediatric Radiology" in 2011. He has recently accepted a position as a Board Member of the Canadian Association of Radiologists.
Dr. Athena McConnell, Interim Provincial Department Head, Pediatrics
Dr. McConnell completed a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Calgary before going to Queens University for her Medical Degree. She was at the University of Saskatchewan for her pediatric residency, followed by a fellowship in pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Alberta Children's Hospital and Master's in Medical Education, before returning to the University of Saskatchewan as a pediatric faculty member.
In addition to a busy pediatric infectious diseases practice, Dr. McConnell collaborates in research with the Special Immunization Clinic network, a Canada-wide initiative. She is involved with the undergraduate accreditation activities for the College of Medicine as the Director, Quality and Accreditation and is a member of the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools.
Dr. Haissam (Sam) Haddad - Provincial Department Head, Medicine
Dr. Haissam (Sam) Haddad received his B.Sc. from Tichreen University in Syria in 1980 and graduated from Medical School at Tichreen University in 1983. Following a family medicine practice in Syria, Dr. Haddad immigrated to Canada and trained in Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University and successfully completed training in cardiology at the University of Alberta and training in heart failure and transplant at Dalhousie University. In July 1997, Dr. Haddad joined the Division of Cardiology, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. and was Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program and Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. In September 2001, Dr. Haddad joined the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and was the Director of the Heart Failure Program, and Medical Director of Heart Transplant Program from 2001 to 2016.
Dr. Haddad is a member of the Panel of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society’s consensus conferences on the management of heart failure (2001-2017), on heart transplantation in adults (2003) and on heart transplantation in pediatrics (2005). He also chaired the Society’s consensus conference for heart transplant in 2008 and Evaluation and Management of Cardiovascular Complications of Cancer Therapy 2016. Dr. Haddad has earned numerous prestigious awards, namely the Anemia Institute for Research and Education Award in 2005, the 1st Award Prize in the International Competition of the American College of Physicians in 2000, and The UOHI CEO and President TEAM SPIRIT award 2016. Dr. Haddad was elected and served as Chair of the Board of Directors to the Canadian Heart Failure Society from April 2015 to Sept 2017. He moved to Saskatchewan in April 2016 to be the Unified Head of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region.
Dr. Mateen Raazi - Provincial Department Head, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Management
Dr. Mateen Raazi became the first Provincial Head in Anesthesiology for the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the University of Saskatchewan on January 1, 2018. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as the Program Director and the Executive Director of Education in Anesthesiology, a role that encompassed a range of portfolios in medical education, administration, scholarship and innovation at the local, regional, national and international levels.
A highly regarded medical educator and administrator, he completed his undergraduate medical studies at the King Edward Medical College in Pakistan. He subsequently completed his postgraduate medical education in anesthesiology and fellowships in Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, University of Philadelphia (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) and the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Raazi’s current research interests encompass medical and health care systems administration, medical education, physician wellness and pediatric perioperative anxiety. His scholastic interests outside of medicine include contemporary history, philosophy, comparative religious and spiritual traditions, and interfaith harmony. He enjoys classical music (eastern and western) and jazz, is an amateur percussionist and an advocate of physical, mental and spiritual health.
Dr. Michael Kelly - Provincial Department Head, Surgery
Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, is professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and Provincial Department Head of Surgery for the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Health Authority.
He did his undergraduate, medical school, neurosurgery residency and PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Kelly completed an open cerebrovascular neurosurgery fellowship at Stanford University and an endovascular neurosurgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan in 2008.
Dr. Fergall Magee - Provincial Department Head, Pathology and Laboratory
Dr. Fergall Magee completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), followed by Pediatric Pathology at the BC Children's Hospital, and a staff position for 10 years. Prior to leaving Vancouver, he completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. In 2005, he relocated to IWK Health Centre/Dalhousie with a Pathology appointment and cross appointment in pediatrics and bioethics.
In 2015, Dr. Magee was appointed as Department Head, for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. In 2018, he also assumed the role as Interim Provincial Medical Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Dr. Magee is currently an active member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, serving as Chair of the Credentials Committee, member of the Health Systems and Policy Committee, and Assessment Committee.
Dr. Kathy Lawrence - Provincial Department Head, Family Medicine
Dr. Kathy Lawrence is from Regina and completed her medical degree (1994) and Family Medicine residency training (1996) at the University of Saskatchewan (Regina Campus). She received Certification in Family Medicine in 1996 and became a Fellow of the CFPC in 2007. She also received a BSc in Biology from the University of Regina in 1992. She has practiced at the Family Medicine Teaching Unit at the Regina Centre Crossing throughout her career. She is an Associate Professor with the University of Saskatchewan and served as the Postgraduate Director for Family Medicine from 2005 to 2018.
Dr. Lawrence served as a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s National Executive Committee in 2010 and completed terms as Honorary Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect, Chair of the Board, President and Past President. In addition, she served as Board Member of the Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians (SCFP) from 1998 to 2003 and as President from 2005 to 2007. She currently chairs the CFPC’s Postgraduate Education Committee and is a member of the CFPC’s Committee on Examinations, Certification and Assessment Committee, Program Evaluation Advisory Group, Specialty Committee, Accreditation Committee and Advisory Committee for the CFPC Outcomes of Training Project. In addition, she is the family medicine representative to the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium’s Accreditation Process Advisory Committee.
Dr. Joanne Sivertson - Provincial Department Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Joanne Sivertson, MD, FRCSC, was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan and spent her undergraduate years at the University of Regina. She then went to medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, where she also subsequently completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency. She has been working as a general OBGYN in Prince Albert since completing her residency.
Dr. Sivertson has a passion for system improvement and physician leadership. She spent 9 years on the board for the Saskatchewan Medical Association, including 4 years on the executive and President 2017-2018. She is an advocate for returning birth to communities and promotes enhanced surgical skills training for family physicians. She also has a special interest in caring for women with HIV and addictions. Dr. Sivertson is dedicated to keeping patients at the forefront of decision-making in health care.
Dr. James Stempien - Provincial Department Head, Emergency Medicine
Dr. James Stempien completed medical school at the University of Toronto in 1984. His first job was as a GP anesthetist in Inuvik in 1986. He then spent the next 10 years working in northern Canada and isolated areas internationally.
Dr. Stempien has been working in Saskatoon as the Head of Emergency Medicine since 2007 and has been the Interim Provincial Head since 2016. He lives on an acreage just east of the city with his wife, three children, 20 chickens and four hives of bees.
Dr. Stempien is interested in quality improvement and patient-centred research. As Provincial Head, he is looking towards a provincial approach for quality care and system improvement.
Dr. AG Ahmed - Provincial Department Head, Psychiatry
Dr. AG Ahmed has a background in forensic psychiatry, along with master's degrees in psychological medicine, drug use and addictions and health law. He has trained mental health professionals across North America and Africa, including clinicians at the World Health Organization's Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health.
Dr. Gary Linassi - Provincial Department Head, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Linassi is a Physiatrist and the Provincial Head for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). After working as a gold geologist for 10 years, he completed medical school in Ireland and Royal College residency in PM&R in Saskatoon. His clinical practice is focused on spinal cord injury, amputation and ALS, corresponding with his research interests as an Associate Professor with the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. He is a medical educator with past appointments as UGME Program and PGME Program Director in Saskatoon and Dalhousie University and Assistant Dean UGME with the College of Medicine.
He has current appointments as a national and international Royal College examiner. He is passionate about advocating for people with disabilities and has sat on many provincial and national advisory committees and non-profit boards. Dr. Linassi feels privileged to work with an outstanding team of professionals, based in Regina and Saskatoon, who serve the province through a dedicated tertiary level rehabilitation service model and who contribute to educational excellence. As a rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Linassi regularly works with a diverse group of widely dispersed health care providers and sees the creation of the SHA as an opportunity to improve care by building a large team with dedicated, interconnected members.